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    Video/Photo Report On Boston Protest Against War On Gaza

    by Michael Borkson

    Boston, Mass.-July 19, 2014:

    About 300 protesters turned out at Park St. in Boston  today July 19 to speak out against Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza’s Palestinians. A very emotional and spirited protest with speakers on the plight of Palestinians, loud and energetic chants of “Free Free Palestine” and ending with a mock “die-in” with the names of some of the hundreds of Palestinians killed read aloud. There was a small handful of pro US/pro Israel hecklers there which the Boston police seperated from our demonstration.

    The protest today was sponsored by a wide coalition of Boston activists — Jewish Voices For Peace, UJP, ANSWER, Boston IAC, Committee For Peace And Human Rights, UNAC, as well as many others. Here are video and photo links:

    Photos:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/sets/72157645783121074

    Short 6 min. video: Boston protests Israel war on Gaza : 7/19/14



    End all ethnic and religious wars — live together in peace.

    7/25-28 Boston Street Medic Training (Fri-Mon)

    This 20-hour course is designed as a complete introduction to action medical knowledge and skills, including basic first aid, street operations and tactics, emotional first aid and aftercare, chemical weapons information and treatment, herbs for first aid, and action preparedness. The completion of this course will prepare you to serve as a street medic at political actions or to be a source of health care information and resource in your community.

    You do not need to have any previous medical or first aid training in order to attend this course. People with all levels of experience and training are welcome.

    Schedule (subject to change):
    July 25 Friday evening – 6 to 9 pm;
    July 26 Saturday – 9am to 5 pm;
    July 27 Sunday – 9 am to 5 pm;
    July 28 Monday – 9am to 5pm (**Bonus herbal first aid training**)

    We have a sliding scale fee from $1 to $100 for this training course, and we welcome barter in place of money.

    Location TBA in Boston.

    Please visit http://bostonstreetmedictraining.wordpress.com for more info and registration.

    Email bostonstreetmedics(AT)riseup.net with questions.

    (Even More) Occupy FOIA Documents

    DHS has released an even bigger collection of Occupy-related FOIA documents at http://www.dhs.gov/occupy-wall-street — 2,095 pages in all.

    For posterity, we’ve placed a copy of these documents on archive.occupyboston.org.

    PS: if you’re interested in reading through these documents and writing some blog posts about them, shoot an email to obit(AT)occupyboston.org, and we’ll help set you up.

    Occupy FOIA Documents

    Courtesy of the New York Times, a collection of FOIA documents about the Occupy movement — including yours truly, Occupy Boston.

    Once you’ve finished those 77 pages, feel free to move on to the unabridged 1,341 page version.

    THU, 5/29, 1 PM, HOLD HARVARD ACCOUNTABLE FOR UNION-BUSTING, RACISM, SEXISM & ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION

    Dear All,

    On Thursday, May 29, starting at 1 pm, workers, students and supporters will hold a visibility action at Harvard’s Commencement exercises. We will meet at the Smith Campus Center, 1350 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, steps from the Harvard Square Red Line MBTA station. Our action will begin shortly before a speech by right-wing, anti-union billionaire and ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Please join us! The Facebook event is here.

    We will let attendees know about the following cases of campus worker mistreatment:

    Johany Pilar, who sued Harvard for sexual harassment, has faced threats and retaliation in Campus Services, where she was called an “embarrassing Latina,” by the boss. Johany has been denied a transfer out of the department where she was repeatedly harassed.

    Marvin Byrd, referred to as “that dirty black man,” by the same administrator, has been relegated to the lowest salary grade of any union member in his department, despite long service & a good work record. Marvin, who is partially disabled, has recently faced threats of termination.

    The same Campus Services boss also demoted HUCTW Rep Nassim Kerkache three salary grades, because his English supposedly wasn’t good enough for the job he’d done for 9 years! Nassim defended his co-workers, and the reward for his activism was to be downgraded and stripped of his responsibilities.

    Judy Rouse was terminated for being a diligent shop steward in Campus Services, an environment where managers referred to workers of color as “animals” and “monkeys.” Judy faced threats at work, called the HU Police Dept, and was subsequently fired, and slapped with a no-trespass order by the HUPD.

    Long-serving Maintenance Technician Paul Casey was laid off soon after returning from a disability leave, supposedly for “lack of work,” even though he was very busy in his job. Paul’s duties were simply distributed to other workers, and colleagues are sure he was laid off due to his needing surgery and having to take a leave.

    These abuses must be understood in the context of Harvard’s refusal to even consider divesting from the fossil fuels that directly threaten our planet, despite having a $32.7 billion endowment, massively larger than any other university’s. Harvard’s recent response to a student who dared to protest this moral blindness was to have him arrested. Harvard has come under fire for its huge timber plantation in Argentina, which has wrecked wetlands and mercilessly exploited local workers. The University is also under Federal investigation for its handling of sexual assaults on campus. 100 cases of sexual assault have been reported just over the past three years at Harvard, and activists say Harvard’s horribly flawed investigative process discourages survivors from taking action.

    Together, we can put healthy pressure on Harvard to end its immoral and discriminatory behavior! For more information, please click here: http://twoharvards.wordpress.com/about.

    In Solidarity,

    Geoff Carens, Union Rep, HUCTW
    Delegate, Industrial Workers of the World / IWW

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